Criorhina floccosa (Meigen, 1822)
Biology & ecology:
The larva has been found in wet, decaying wood debris in cavities in Elm Ulmus and Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus and also in wet decaying roots of a Beech Fagus sylvatica stump. An association with Ash Fraxinus excelsior must also be expected because adults are often found around decaying stumps and pollards. Adults are flower visitors in woodland rides and glades, but also in hedgerows and other places where old trees and stumps are present. They are also regular leaf-baskers and can often be seen basking on sun-lit Sycamore leaves.
Widely distributed north to Cumbria, with highest concentrations of records from well-wooded areas. Records extend north to Sutherland although the majority of Scottish records north of the Central Lowlands are old.
Status & conservation:
Possibly some evidence of decline in the 1970s and 80s, since when it appears to have been stable.